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Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses deep flaws and must be discarded in favor of a more fair and just system. In several recent elections, candidates who were leading in pre-election polls failed to win election to office.

The suggestion that the American electoral system must be discarded most strongly depends on which of the following assumptions?

A. The candidate leading in pre-election polls won a majority of the popular vote in the actual election yet still failed to be elected.
B. The voting population did not significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.
C. The candidate winning the election consistently spent more money than the candidate who was leading in pre-election polls but failed to actually win.
D. The candidate who actually won office typically relied on a strongly negative campaign strategy and attacked his or her opponent's personal credibility in the final days before the election.
E. The elections in question were for major national or state offices and received considerable media coverage.

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Re: Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses dee [#permalink]

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Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses deep flaws and must be discarded in favor of a more fair and just system. In several recent elections, candidates who were leading in pre-election polls failed to win election to office.

The suggestion that the American electoral system must be discarded most strongly depends on which of the following assumptions?

A. The candidate leading in pre-election polls won a majority of the popular vote in the actual election yet still failed to be elected.
B. The voting population did not significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.
C. The candidate winning the election consistently spent more money than the candidate who was leading in pre-election polls but failed to actually win.
D. The candidate who actually won office typically relied on a strongly negative campaign strategy and attacked his or her opponent's personal credibility in the final days before the election.
E. The elections in question were for major national or state offices and received considerable media coverage.


Clearly B.Other options are Out of context or unrelated to the argument in question.
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On what basis do we eliminate option A?
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An assumption is NOT-STATED (hidden premise) in an argument. That is the reason we rule out option A.

Option B is the answer because according to the argument ONLY the electoral system is at fault and there is no other reason for this flaw.

If we negate the option, we get:
The voting population significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.

This clearly shatters the conclusion that only the electoral system is at fault. This option eliminates any other possible reason i.e. feelings of the voting population.
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An assumption is NOT-STATED (hidden premise) in an argument. That is the reason we rule out option A.

Option B is the answer because according to the argument ONLY the electoral system is at fault and there is no other reason for this flaw.

If we negate the option, we get:
The voting population significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.

This clearly shatters the conclusion that only the electoral system is at fault. This option eliminates any other possible reason i.e. feelings of the voting population.




Thanks for the reply Shiv. Even if we negate option A it breaks down the conclusion right?
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Shiv2016 wrote:
An assumption is NOT-STATED (hidden premise) in an argument. That is the reason we rule out option A.

Option B is the answer because according to the argument ONLY the electoral system is at fault and there is no other reason for this flaw.

If we negate the option, we get:
The voting population significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.

This clearly shatters the conclusion that only the electoral system is at fault. This option eliminates any other possible reason i.e. feelings of the voting population.




Thanks for the reply Shiv. Even if we negate option A it breaks down the conclusion right?


No problem :)
How did you negate statement A? It would be great if you could write that as well.
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hazelnut,
Both A and B look good to me as an assumption. How did u put B over A, and does A look more like a strengthener than an assumption?
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Both A and B look good to me as an assumption. How did u put B over A, and does A look more like a strengthener than an assumption?
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Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses deep flaws and must be discarded in favor of a more fair and just system. In several recent elections, candidates who were leading in pre-election polls failed to win election to office.

The suggestion that the American electoral system must be discarded most strongly depends on which of the following assumptions?

A. The candidate leading in pre-election polls won a majority of the popular vote in the actual election yet still failed to be elected.
B. The voting population did not significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.
C. The candidate winning the election consistently spent more money than the candidate who was leading in pre-election polls but failed to actually win.
D. The candidate who actually won office typically relied on a strongly negative campaign strategy and attacked his or her opponent's personal credibility in the final days before the election.
E. The elections in question were for major national or state offices and received considerable media coverage.


hazelnut,
Both A and B look good to me as an assumption. How did u put B over A, and does A look more like a strengthener than an assumption?
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Re: Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses dee [#permalink]

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Both A and B look good to me as an assumption. How did u put B over A, and does A look more like a strengthener than an assumption?
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Was contemplating between A and B. After a long thought, I picked B. I’m keen to know why B is better than A though. I hope we can have an opinion from any of the experts.
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New post 24 Feb 2018, 08:26
As someone mentioned above in the chain, Option A is probably incorrect because it restates the premise (second sentence in the stimulus). Assumption cannot be stated in the passage. If there is any other reason for rejecting A as the answer choice, please let me know.
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Re: Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses dee [#permalink]

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hi,
Can someone please explain this ? why B?
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